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Orioles “going hard” after Brewers ace Zack Greinke

Jul 6, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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There will be no shortage of teams interested in Zack Greinke if the Brewers make him available before the July 31 trade deadline and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are already “going hard” after the former Cy Young winner.

Connolly spoke to a an unnamed MLB executive from a non-Baltimore team and writes that “the Orioles appear to be the most aggressive suitor” for Greinke, although it’s not a guarantee that the Brewers end up trading him if they can get a long-term contract extension done in the next couple weeks.

Baltimore can certainly use the rotation help, as Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen have been the Orioles’ only dependable starters and yet they’re still in second place in the AL East at 44-38.

Any trade would presumably have to bring back more value to the Brewers than a pair of draft picks, which they could get as compensation for Greinke leaving as a free agent. He’s making $13.5 million in the final year of a deal signed with the Royals and is 25-8 with a 3.54 ERA in 45 starts for the Brewers since they parted with Jake Odorizzi, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, and Jeremy Jeffress to get him in December of 2010.

Baltimore has a pair of truly elite prospects in Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado, but the Orioles would be crazy to make either available for a half-season of Greinke and Connolly speculates that they may lack the second-tier prospects to entire the Brewers.

  1. Ben - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Wait, is this the same Orioles with a -28 run differential and a super-lopsided (and unsustainable) one-run game win/loss total?

    • geoknows - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      Yep. And the same ones that are sinking fast now. They are behaving like the Indians did last year, foolishly trading for Ubaldo Jimenez when they didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of making the playoffs. The Orioles don’t either.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        All the more reason for Baltimore to trade the farm for a short term rental. Long term pain for short term gain. Hurry hard Baltimore! Hurry Hard!

    • DJ MC - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      Yes it is. It is the same Orioles team that is in second place and has a wild-card spot despite that differential (which mostly comes from the minus-22 put up between the 27th and 30th of June–we’re still early enough to see major fluctuations based on small samples).

      The Orioles already added a bat. Right now, they need a better option at third base and help in the rotation. Greinke would fix one of those issues.

      The real question is do the Orioles have enough to make the Brewers happy while also not overspending on a rent-a-player? I don’t think they do, which is why someone like Dempster is more likely. However, if they think that they can sign Greinke long-term, it makes giving up that talent much more palatable, and likely.

  2. nategearhart - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    They’d be crazy to trade off their top prospects for a rental when they’re so close to actually competing.

  3. brewcitybummer - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    All you people stop trying to kill my Machado delusions. Reality be damned. The Brewers will have an all-star shortstop one day.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      In your lifetime?

      • brewcitybummer - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:08 PM

        That’s depressing on many levels.

    • DJ MC - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      The Brewers will have an All-Star shortstop one day. It just won’t be Manny Machado. Unless you have some trade in mind involving Braun. Then the Orioles will listen.

  4. kwf1224 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Please keep Greinke, Brewers.

  5. psuravens19 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    The Os are NOT going to trade Bundy or Machado so let’s not worry about that. Something to think about is Kranitz was the Os pitching coach when Matusz was actually doing well, I wouldn’t be surprised if his name is in the trade talks.

    • js20011041 - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Remeber who is pulling the trigger here. This is Dan Duquette. Orioles fans will be lucky if he doesn’t offer to trade both Bundy and Machado and pick up all of the remaining money due Greinke.

      • DJ MC - Jul 6, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        I am very curious to hear your reasoning for this.

      • js20011041 - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

        There’s a reason Duquette was out of baseball for a decade. Now, that was a bit of hyperbole, but he really isn’t one of the stronger GMs in the game. For every strong move he made, there was a bad one. Anyone remember the Jose Offerman signing? Or how about burning bridges with Roger Clemens and then watching him dominate baseball for another decade? Or failing to build any kind of a legitimate rotation around Pedro? His obsession with mediocre Korean pitchers?

        This isn’t a team that is legitimately built for success. For him to be seriously considering trading for Greinke, shows a lack of judgement. One pitcher is not going to help this team. You could give them Verlander and they aren’t making the playoffs. The Orioles are already starting to fade. What they should do is ride out the next month, possibly making a small deal or two, and see where they are by the deadline. My bet is that they’ll have fallen back far enough to sell some pieces. Maybe see if they can get something for Hammel, Thome, or some of their bullpen.

  6. hodaghunter - Jul 7, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    A “rental” pitcher can change a lot in a half of season. Just ask any Brewer fan about what CC did for them in that half of season. CC carried the crew to the playoffs by starting games on short rest for an entire month. Crew made it, without ben sheets contributing anything or Jeff Suppan helping out

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